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Faculty Notes

Professor Kate ChenKate Chen published “Strategic Sourcing for Entry Deterrence and Tacit Collusion” in the Journal of Economics and “Strategic Outsourcing between Rivals” in the Annals of Economics and Finance. She presented her working paper “Upstream Outsourcing, Economies of Scale and Incentives for Downstream R&D” at the CSULB Economics Department seminar, the Eighth International Industrial Organization Conference and the 85th Annual Conference of WEAI.

Professor Alejandra C. EdwardsAlejandra Edwards had her paper “Impact of Social Security Reform on Labor Force Participation Rates of Pensioners and Non-pensioners: Evidence from Chile” (with Estelle James) accepted for publication in the Journal of Human Capital. Her article “Labor Market Reforms in Latin America: Consequences and Costs” became Chapter 3 in Latin American Development Priorities: Costs and Benefits, edited by Bjorn Lomborg. Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press 2010: 103-145. Her report “Chile's New Pension Reforms” (with Estelle James and Augusto Iglesias) was published as Policy Report No. 326 (March 2010) by the National Center for Policy Analysis ( She attended the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Ageing and Health Workshop in July and travelled to Florida in August to continue her research on pension programs. She continues to serve as the department graduate advisor for the Master of Arts Program in Economics. Her second grandson was born in June.

Professor Elaine FreyElaine Frey had a productive second year in the department. One of her projects (with professor Chen Feng Ng), entitled “The Recession and Truck Traffic on the Long Beach Freeway,” has received funding from the METRANS Transportation Center. This work was presented at the Western Economic Association Conference in Portland, Ore. Another research project that she is working on (with Jill Caviglia-Harris) examines the welfare impacts of electrification on households in the Brazilian Amazon. She has two additional manuscripts that are currently under review for publication. Frey also organizes the CSULB Economics Seminar Series, which typically meets on Fridays between 11 a.m. and noon in SPA 029C. Alumni are welcome to attend the seminars

Professor Jack HouJack Hou continues to serve as a co-editor for Contemporary Economic Policy, a regent of the Chinese Economists Society (CES), and a member of the Academic Publication Council. He completed his term as president of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) and was recognized for his innovative leadership during his term, steering the WSSA through the crisis brought about by academic travel funding enduring significant cuts. Hou remains active in research. Since February 2010, he has published two papers, both forthcoming: “Grain Policy: Rethinking an Old Issue for China” (International Journal of Applied Economics) and “The Regulation of Migration in a Transition Economy: China’s Hukou System” (Contemporary Economic Policy). The latter, a working paper posted on the website of the Institute for the Study of Labor, Germany, was one of the top 10 downloaded articles in the areas of labor policy and labor regulations, according to the Social Science Research Network. On June 12, Hou delivered his Plenary Speech at the 2010 International Workshop on Employment Dynamics and Social Security, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Later, he presented two papers and chaired a session at the 2010 Chinese Economists Society Annual Conference at Xiamen University (June 19-20, Xiamen, China). Hou also organized a record 31 sessions at the 85th Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association, June 29-July 3, 2010. He presented two papers, also serving as session chair and discussants in several sessions. In addition, he delivered his Distinguished Lecture at the School of Economics, Jilin University (Changchun, China), which was videotaped and archived. He also spoke at Henan University (Kaifeng, China) and Hunan University (Changsha, China). He has also tentatively agreed to speak at Nankai University (Tianjin, China) at the end of August. As immediate past president, Hou will be a member of the advance team of the WSSA to visit Salt Lake City (site of the 53rd annual conference) in September to plan and coordinate the 2011 conference. He also chairs the nomination committee that will present the slate of candidates for office to the WSSA fall council meeting. Finally, Hou is a member of the planning committee for the CES President’s Forum (Nankai University, Dec. 10-11, 2010), where 24 out of 25 past presidents will each deliver a speech on a topic of their choice. At this forum, each past president will be presented with a medallion (produced by the official China Treasury Mint) in appreciation of his/her service to the continued economic development of China.

Professor Lisa GrobarLisa Grobar continues to collaborate with emeritus professor Joseph Magaddino on the annual CSULB Economic Forecast for the Southern California Region. The conference was held on May 13, 2010. In 2010, she also participated in a panel of experts for the Southern California Association of Governments, assisting them with developing the long run regional economic forecasts that they use for urban planning. She was also a participant in the panel discussion “The Road to Recovery: Where Is the Economy Going?” at the California Democratic Party Business & Professional Caucus, held at the California Democratic Party State Convention in Los Angeles in April 2010.

Professor Xuemei LiuXuemei Liu remains on leave for the academic year.


Kristen Monaco continues to serve as director of the M.A. program in Global Logistics (MAGL). In that role, she is working to develop a second M.A. in logistics to cater to recent undergraduates and international students who lack work experience in logistics but are interested in graduate level studies in the field. The program will incorporate the curriculum of the existing MAGL and a unique work-research experience. We are hopeful that the program will begin in fall 2011. Monaco is now a member of the METRANS Executive Committee and is program vice president of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF). As a result, the TRF will hold its annual conference in Long Beach in March 2011. Her research in trucking is ongoing, and the paper “Wages and Working Conditions of Truck Drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach” appeared in the January 2010 issue of Journal of the Transportation Research Forum. Her chapter, “Trucking,” (with Stephen V. Burks) in Intermodal Freight Transportation: Moving Freight in a Global Economy, G. Giuliano, L. Hoel, and M. Meyers, eds., will be published by the ENO Foundation in fall 2010.

Professor Chen Feng NgChen Feng Ng was a session organizer and chair at the 85th Annual Western Economic Association International Conference for Issues in Transportation and Regional Economics. She also presented her paper, which was co-authored by professor Elaine Frey, “The Impact of the Recession on Truck Traffic in Los Angeles.”  


Professor Andrew OjedeAndrew Ojede completed his first year of teaching at CSULB and is looking forward to another productive year. He attended the Western Social Science Association meeting in April 2010 in Reno, Nev., where he moderated a session and presented his paper “Africa: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis.” He completed and submitted one paper, entitled “Exchange Rate Movements and U.S. Exports: A Real Sectoral Decomposition,” to the Open Economies Review Journal.

Professor Seiji SteimetzSeiji Steimetz recently completed a research report with professor Steven Yamarik, entitled “Accident Rates and Safety Policies for Trucks Serving the San Pedro Bay Ports,” made possible by a grant from the METRANS Transportation Center. He presented the findings at the Western Economic Association International 85th Annual Conference in Portland, Ore., and the Caltrans Research Webinar Series for Transportation Professionals in Sacramento, Calif.  Meanwhile, Steimetz continues his other scholarly activities with a current emphasis on survey techniques for estimating traffic congestion costs and on methods to estimate the benefits of air quality improvements using “spatial econometrics.” He also continues to serve as a faculty mentor in the university’s Partners for Success program, as faculty advisor to the Economics Student Association and Omicron Delta Epsilon Honors Society, and will begin his new role as the Economics Department’s undergraduate advisor in spring 2011.

Professor Steve YamarikSteven Yamarik presented his paper “Testing the Partisan Business Cycle Using State-Level Data” at the 85th Annual Western Economic Association International Conference in Portland, Ore., in June 2010. He also worked with professor Seiji Steimetz on the METRANS Research Project “Accident Rates & Safety Policies for Trucks Serving the San Pedro Bay Ports” and presented it in Sacramento Calif., in May 2010 at the Caltrans Research Webinar Series for Transportation Professionals. He had the following papers accepted for publication: “Corruption Is Bad for Growth (Even in the United States)” with N. Johnson and C. LaFountain (Public Choice, forthcoming); “War! What Is It Good for?” with N. Johnson and R. Compton (Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, forthcoming); and “Human Capital and State-Level Economic Growth: What Is the Contribution of Schooling?” (The Annals of Regional Science, forthcoming).